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Lionel Chevrier, 1903-1987

Prominent Canadians

Title

Lionel Chevrier, 1903-1987

Denomination

45¢

Date of Issue

September 26, 1997

Year

Quantity

1,875,000

Postal Administration

Canada

Series

Prominent Canadians

Series Time Span

1997

Perforation or Dimension

13.5 x 13

Printer

Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.

Creators

Designed by Kosta Tsetsekas.

Layouts

Pane of 20 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 375,000
Original Price: $9.00
Perforation: 13.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None (fluorescent coated paper)
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

Official First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Ottawa ON
Perforation: 13.5 x 13
Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
Gum Type: PVA
Tagging: None (fluorescent coated paper)
Paper: Coated Papers Limited

About Stamp

Arm raised, finger pointing emphatically as he delivers an impassioned address, it is a telling portrait of eminent Canadian Réal Caouette. This image is depicted on one of the four domestic-rate stamps created to honour the lives and achievements of prominent federal politicians. In conjunction with what would have been Caouette's birthday, Canada Post will issue these commemorative stamps to recognize the contributions of Caouette and three other Canadian politicians who enriched the character of our nation: Martha Black, Lionel Chevrier and Judy LaMarsh.

Lionel Chevrier

Lionel Chevrier, known as the father of the St. Lawrence Seaway, was born in Cornwall, Ontario and educated as a lawyer at the University of Ottawa. Elected to parliament from Cornwall, Chevrier held that seat from 1935 to 1954. It was then that he was placed in charge of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority, an organization that would oversee the construction of one of the world's greatest waterways. The completion of this massive project, led by Chevrier, had a major economic impact on Canada and made possible the exploitation of iron-ore deposits in Quebec and Labrador. As well, it enabled cargo of all types to be moved between our industrial heartland and ports overseas. Chevrier was first named to the Canadian Cabinet in 1945 as Transport Minister and in 1957, he return to Parliament. He became Minister of Justice in 1963. In 1964, he went to England as high commissioner, and upon his return in 1967, served as Ambassador and Commissioner General for Visits of State during Centennial celebrations.

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Reference

Canada Post Corporation, Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 6, No. 5, 1997, p. 16, 18.

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